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ENGAGING THE WHOLE CHILD PESD Embraces Students, Families and Communities by Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Superintendent, Pendergast Elementary School District


“One of our crown jewels in the district is the Superintendent’s Eighth Grade Council.”



endergast Elementary is the district that believes in you! We serve 10,000 preschool - 8th grade students on 12 campuses in Avondale, Glendale and Phoenix. The award-winning district focuses on a strong sense of equity and equality for all students while being keenly interested in what students, families and communities need to succeed. The district’s goals are to focus on high achievement for students, maintain a well-trained staff and foster an engaged community. We are fortunate to have a dynamic and supportive school board which has created an organization that is innovative, unique, solution-oriented and spirited. They were selected in December 2017 by the Arizona School Boards Association for its top honor for school boards for the prestigious Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award. The district offers 24 signature programs (Academies) including Athletics, Building and Construction, Authors, Environmental Engineering, along with Dual Language, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), Ar-

chitecture and Design, Energy and the Environment, and Medical and Health Services. Additionally, the schools offer programs including the Salt River Project School of Energy, Aguila Youth Leadership/College Bound Program, Technology Integration and the Experience Corps Intergenerational Tutoring program. Every school has a strong focus on teaching the whole child and engaging families and the community to ensure high student achievement. One of our crown jewels in the district is the Superintendent’s Eighth Grade Council. Students are selected from each of the 12 schools to participate in the program. The students have to apply and go through an interview process. They serve as liaisons from their schools to the superintendent, and these leaders also reach out at their schools to inform and educate students on what is happening in the district. Three students from the Superintendent’s Eighth Grade Council are selected to be student board members. The students report on current events from the schools in their area. The students on the Superintendent’s Eighth Grade Council participate in fundraising and community service projects and, at the end of the year, they go on a field trip to Stanford University to learn about goal setting, college attainment and career readiness.

Last year, two colleagues and I from Leadership West Class XXII established the Stand Up, Speak Up, Save a Life Conference. This conference was created to help with anti-bullying efforts and suicide prevention. Student representatives from schools across the Valley attended the first conference in January 2017, and took back information to create action plans on their campuses. The annual conference occurred on Jan. 16, 2018 at Grand Canyon University, with 3,500 students and education supporters statewide who learned how to help save lives. It was an amazing success, impacting thousands of lives! Recognizing that parents are a vital part of their students’ education, our team has organized a district-wide communication program for parents. Through newsletters, robo calls and parent luncheons, community breakfasts and events, families and community members are informed of what is happening at their schools and in the district. Pertinent topics are discussed each month at the parent luncheons and community breakfasts with student presentations are featured. We look forward to connecting with you on our website at, on Facebook, with Twitter or in person in our schools and at community events. To reach Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, email THE INAUGURAL EDITION • SPRING 2018

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Glendale LIVING Magazine  

The Inaugural Edition - Spring 2018

Glendale LIVING Magazine  

The Inaugural Edition - Spring 2018